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Posted by YamaDan | Feb 15, 2012 @ 07:48 PM | 1,512 Views
“You’re gonna do what!?!?!” I need to fly, I have the first EMAC coming up Saturday, and I haven’t been able to practice.

I last left you all at the end of the IMAC season. The Little Plane that could.. My little 65” 3DHS Vyper that took a 3rd and 9th in two IMAC event’s had a bad day. I pulled when I should have pushed.. RIP little plane that could.. So this was Thursday, the next EMAC was Saturday.. I needed a plane. Lucky for me, I have a very good friend that also has a Vyper, so I called Kevin, IPSmotors, and asked the dreaded question, “I just plowed my plane into the ground, can I borrow yours…paaallleeese!!!” Kevin was kind enough to say yes. I run out, pick it up, and swap out receivers. Now, they are the same planes, but, different power systems, slightly different set up, and I’m nervous as heck flying it. I do two trimming runs, do one series of the routine before the wind picks up. Crap, ok, gonna have to be enough. Load it in the car, with the rest of my gear, and try not to think about it. So, do I get another Vyper?, I really love this plane. It’s perfect for me for the EMAC… IMAC I’ll need something else. Something, bigger.. But for EMAC, it’s just right. I guess we’ll have to see.

I took a 2nd, and two 1st places so far at the EMAC..best 4 out of 6.. If I can place well, I can win the overall tomorrow..on a borrowed plane.. sweet. Just don’t do anything stoopid!

It’s overcast and windy when we arrive.. why should it be a...Continue Reading
Posted by YamaDan | May 08, 2011 @ 02:40 AM | 2,436 Views
To be precise.. It should be easy…they make it look so easy …these planes, these patterns..

It’s 11:00pm.. I’m still downloading from the day’s events..it was cool..

Let me start back a little way.. I decided I wanted to improve my flying.. So, I decided to learn the IMAC basic routine and compete.. Best way to get better is to compete..right??

So, I put my plan into action.. With the help of a 65” Vyper from 3DHS, I started working on the routine.. At least I started working on it as I thought it should be..

There’s a saying..the older you get..the more you realize that you don’t know much..add kids to the mix and they remind you everyday what you don’t know.. Well, going down to the field and trying to figure out a routine, that you’ve never really seen.. well, on You tube I guess.. You start out thinking it will be easy..or at least easier.. I tell you what.. go to your local field, get everybody there to watch and be ready to judge, take your plane up.. call out “in the Box” and do a slow roll.. The roll is your first maneuver. Everyone can do them.. but to really demonstrate control, you must have a steady speed, add aileron as the plane goes on its side add rudder, as it continues over back off rudder and start to add down elevator, now as it comes up on its other side back out the elevator and add opposite rudder, as it comes around add up elevator to keep the plane straight and level.. That was 1 of 10, 9 to go, and here they come.....Continue Reading
Posted by YamaDan | Feb 28, 2011 @ 07:03 PM | 2,830 Views
I've been flying for a couple years now.. Got into it to clear my head when nothing else would.. I can takeoff, and land with confidence, and perform some basic aerobatic manuvers... but I find myself wanting to get better..

It's in my nature to push things.. weather it's motorcycles, mountain bikes, or RC airplanes.. I obsess about how to go better..

People at my club think I do ok, but I look at my flying as sloppy and unpredictable..

I'll work on one or two things at a time.. but when I change planes, I'm back into old bad habits. Don't get me wrong, this is not a pity party, I'm having fun, I'm just trying to figure out how to have MORE fun.

It's like Skiing.. It's fun going up and down the runs..then you get better and you start looking for those power days.. How ironic is it that the first time you get a great power day, you don't know how to ski in it? Most people are still having a blast, but they're dead tired by noon, and are stuck in bed unable to move the next day.. Meanwhile, there are those who ski all day, suck every ounce of life out of these powder days that they can, and they're the first out the next day.. Why.. are they in better shape? Maybe.. but more likely they know how to ski in powder..

Ok.. If I haven't lost you, heres my point. When I get the chance for that perfect flight, I want to be ready to enjoy it.. Not just take off and land, no I want to fly with purpose.

Enter IMAC... I have this beleif, if you want...Continue Reading